Grass roots excitement, energy and commitment
At the end of an hour and a half workshop Sunday, these were the one-word reactions from the participants:
We are in a transition time, a time of change in this organization
We’re not doing a top-down transition but a bottom up one. Why? So anyone who wants to participate has a voice. We offered this workshop three times to accommodate people’s schedules; 68 people have participated. They’ve ranged in age from 8th grade to 80+ years old. In two weeks, they will go on to a visioning in another workshop. It won’t be any one person’s perfect vision but it will be a collaborative vision that we’ll use to define goals and action steps.
In this workshop, people were challenged to open their minds, to listen to the concerns of their fellows, to think about what they value. And most important---there was buy-in. Just look at the comments. The people leaving the workshop were genuinely excited.
We could have used the top echelon of this organization to work on values, visions, goals and action steps. But I know how I react to those. I have no buy-in. I’m not excited. I don’t even care because I had no input.
The grass roots effort is collaboration. It is actually a short cut in time because people are informed and committed to something they helped create. It is civility, engaging and respecting all people.
I believe those who truly care about their workplace or organization go to the grass roots in times of change and times of economic upheaval because that’s where the energy lies.